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« on: May 26, 2010, 11:41:02 AM »


SEVERNA PARK, Md. (WJZ) ―

Hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage are contaminating a popular area waterway.It's so bad boaters, swimmers and fisherman are being warned to stay away. Kai Jackson explains the problem and what's being done to fix it. Anne Arundel County officials say a power outage is what caused the sewage spill.Even though you can't see or smell it, Anne Arundel County officials say it's there--100,000 gallons of sewage that spilled into Cypress Creek in Severna Park. "We didn't see an impact. I mean the water's a little murkier than it normally is, but you can't tell if that's just a bad day or a spill," said Mike Frye, Manhattan Beach Civic Association.

        The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works says the incident started around 10 p.m. Monday, a power failure at the pumping station on McKenzie Road. The waste flowed until 2 a.m. Tuesday, a total of four hours.

        "We issued closings and warned against direct water contact. We also advised the public that if they do come in contact with the affected water that they should wash well with soap and water immediately," said Charlotte Lewis, Anne Arundel County Health Department.

         The county has posted signs to make sure residents are warned. Cypress Creek is closed to swimming, and Cape McKinney, Cape Arthur, and Manhattan Beaches are all closed as well. Cypress Creek feeds into the Magothy River and the Magothy flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

         It may be early to try and determine what type of environmental impact the sewage spill will have, but those who advocate for protecting the waterways say they are certain there will be some kind of impact.
 "This creek, the entire Bay is stressed, stressed to a breaking point," Frye said. Frye also says a generator should have kicked in following the power failure at the pumping station. He's among those who'd like to know why that didn't happen. It is not clear when Cypress Creek will be safe for swimming again.



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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010, 06:14:07 AM »

That really is a shame...
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010, 06:21:36 AM »

one would think that with all the spills they have caused by power outages they would install backup generators.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2010, 06:28:03 AM »

one would think that with all the spills they have caused by power outages they would install backup generators.

The article said they had back up generators, but they didn't come on.

There really should be some kind of warning system, so they know they didn't come on.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2010, 07:03:56 AM »

That pumping station has had numerous failures over the years. Time to upgrade the machinery and let the users pay for it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010, 07:24:36 AM »

i wonder what would happen if i dumped that amount of anything in the bay. they should fine the max they can,but they won't.
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